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Tuesday, February 28, 2012


California's unemployment rate is at 11.1%, pensions are unfunded, education needs reform, state can't balance its budget, and what are our politicians busy doing? Getting distracted by SQUIRRELS! These are those annoying proposed laws that drive us crazy and are, frankly, silly. Here are some of the worst (so far):


AB 1975 - Medical Marijuana: Pesticide Regulation: Only in California would the legislature develop guidelines to enforce state pesticide regulations on the growing of an illegal drug, by federal standards. In California, of course, never let it be said that legality stood in the way of regulations! CLICK HERE to read more.


AB 1777 - Legalizing Scattering Urns: Not content with regulating every aspect of waking life, the legislature is now moving onto the afterlife.  Despite existing law that covers the disposition of cremated human remains, apparently now we need one that specifically calls out the legality of transferring remains to a "scattering urn" before turning dear departed auntie into the sea. CLICK HERE to read more. 


AB 1820 - Outlawing Push Pins: Life can be a dangerous place to hang around and certainly little ones need well-meaning adults to look out for their health and safety. Push pins have been around for 112 years and children a good deal longer than that.  Perhaps a little common sense and safety guidelines are in order, rather than penalizing push pin users and criminalizing felonious fasteners. CLICK HERE to read more.


AB 1678 - Food Truck Ban Near Schools: This bill would equate food trucks with strip clubs by banning their proximity to schools from 6am to 6pm on the grounds that they could divert kids from a "nutritious school lunch." Seriously? No matter how well-intentioned, this is a classic "solution bill" in search of a problem.  CLICK HERE to read more.


ACR 99 - National Coupon Month: This bill would recognize September 2012 as National Coupon Month and would acknowledge the value of coupons in achieving significant savings for California's consumers. Instead of looking for BOGO deals on tax increases, maybe California's constituents should seek a "half off" coupon... as in a part-time legislature. CLICK HERE to read more.


For these and other Squirrels, visit For more information contact Kate Klimow, Vice President of Government Affairs.


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Co-authored by Lucy Dunn, President and CEO, and Dr. Wallace Walrod, Chief Economic Advisor, Orange County Business Council.


In the State of the Union Address, President Barack Obama laid out his plan to rebuild the economy - an economy that is built on American manufacturing, American energy, skills for American workers, and stabilizing the nation's housing market - "an economy that is built to last." President Obama is correct in saying "the housing crisis remains the single biggest drag on our recovery," but his plan does not address one of the biggest obstacles facing the housing market - credit availability.


The President's proposal to revive the housing market is two-part. The first part is a mass refinancing program of underwater mortgages to help homeowners lower their mortgage payments. While the attempt to allow homeowners to refinance at today's low rates will stimulate the economy, it does so through increased government mortgage-backing - a mini bail-out that may support short-lived economic growth at the expense of longer lasting negative consequences. CLICK HERE to read more. For more information contact Katherine Reedy, Director of Communications.


On Thursday the OC Department of Education hosted The State of Education in Orange County 2012, featuring OCBC President and CEO Lucy Dunn, State Superintendent of Public Instruction Tom Torlakson, President and CEO of School Services of California, Inc. Ron Bennett, and Orange County Superintendent of Schools Bill Habermehl. Habermehl outlined his ten Big Hairy Audacious Goals (BHASGS) to address education challenges, with a particular emphasis on LOCAL CONTROL. Dunn presented the business community's perspective on education funding tied to education reform, support for preschool, and the myriad of programs business already contributes to in addition to state funding for education. CLICK HERE to read more. For more information contact Alicia Berhow, Director of Workforce and Community Development. 


On Wednesday, Kate Klimow, OCBC Vice President of Government Affairs, joined with other housing advocates to testify in support of a permanent source of funding for affordable housing particularly given the demise of redevelopment. "Financing Affordable Housing and Local Economic Development: New Reality, New Opportunity" was the topic of legislators. Joining OCBC in providing formal testimony were Housing California, California Housing Consortium, State Building and Construction Trades Council of California, California Building Industry Association, City of San Jose, and Silicon Valley Leadership Group.

The HOMeS Act (SB1220), introduced by Sen. Desalnier as one solution, will support the development, acquisition, rehabilitation, and preservation of affordable homes for Californians on fixed incomes and modest budgets, including emergency shelters, transitional and permanent rental housing, foreclosure mitigation, and homeownership opportunities. The bill proposes a $75 document recording fee on real estate transactions, estimated to generate an average of $700 million per year. CLICK HERE for a fact sheet on the bill. CLICK HERE to read more. For more information contact Kate Klimow, Vice President of Government Affairs.


This is power networking! Join OCBC at the first 2012 Chairman's Leadership Breakfast on March 7, featuring James Mazzo, President of Abbott Medical Optics. Headquartered in Santa Ana, Abbott Medical Optics is the global leader in advanced refractive technologies for eye care professionals and patients. As President, Mr. Mazzo grew the company's sales from $538 million in 2002 to more than $1 billion in 2008. During this time, he also engineered several strategic acquisitions worth more than $3 billion, taking the company to clear leadership positions in the cataract and eye care markets and the global No. 1 position in refractive surgery. Join OCBC for this candid discussion with one of OC's top CEO's, hosted by Tom Phelps, CEO Leadership Caucus Chair, and presented by AT&T and Wells Fargo


Chairman's Leadership Breakfasts take place at the Center Club, 650 Town Center Drive, Costa Mesa, from 7:30 a.m. to 9:00 a.m. OCBC members receive discounted series and ticket prices. For more information contact Leslie Dods, Events Manager.     


OC Supervisor John Moorlach presented the State of the County to OCPAA, and a room full of business leaders. While Moorlach described a county that is "at the vanguard" of economic recovery compared to the rest of the state and nation, he advised that it's going to be a long uphill battle. The County's biggest challenge remains the effect of the failing housing market as 86 percent of the general fund relies on property taxes. Moorlach states that the only way to get OC to economic recovery is pension reform, where a majority of the County's secured assets are being spent.  


While the County is seeing positive growth many of its main economic drivers, specifically the manufacturing industry, there are challenges that may hold back economic growth throughout the year. These challenges include unbalanced operations due high expense on pensions and a narrow general fund that relies heavily on the housing market. For more information contact Matt Petteruto, Vice President of Economic Development.


OC METRO is now accepting applications for its third annual Orange County's Most Trustworthy Brands. So...who do you trust? Nominate your most trustworthy OC brand and share with others why you love them. OC METRO will take the top choices and dive into each to discover what these iconic brands do to earn your trust. Results will be announced in the June issue of OC METRO, so stay tuned. To nominate a brand, CLICK HERE. OCBC members voted "Most Trustworthy" in 2011 include Chapman University, CHOC Children's Hospital, Disneyland Resort, Girl Scout Council of Orange County, Hoag Memorial Hospital Presbyterian, St. Joseph Hospital, Toshiba America, and Wells Fargo. For more information contact Katherine Reedy, Director of Communications. 


But we have reserved a place at the table for YOU too! JOIN US!  

 OCBC is pleased to welcome 20 new members:


Abbott Staffing Group, Inc. - Abbott Staffing Group is driven by an overriding purpose of providing opportunity and enrichment through work priding themselves on client service, candidate satisfaction, and employee engagement.

BNSF Railway - BNSF Railway is the product of nearly 400 different railroad lines that merged or were acquired over the course of 160 years that help ship thousands of goods all over the United States.

Building Owners and Managers Association of Orange County - The mission of BOMA Orange County is to enhance the human, intellectual and physical assets of the commercial real estate industry through advocacy, education, information exchange and professional alliances.

California Coastal Communities, Inc. - California Coastal Communities along with Hearthside Homes use modular building systems to construct your new home. Every home goes through 300 quality and third party inspections to ensure the highest level of excellence.

Colette's Children Home - Colette's Children's Home exists to heal homelessness for women and children who are homeless with nowhere to turn.

Cure Duchenne - Their goal is to identify research that has the most likelihood of making it to clinical trials and then provide the financial bridge that will take it from the lab and into human trials.

Edgewood Partners Insurance Center - EPIC is an innovative California-based retail property and casualty and employee benefits insurance brokerage and consulting firm.

ExxonMobil - ExxonMobil is the world's largest publicly traded international oil and gas company, providing energy that helps underpin growing economies and improve living standards around the world.

Fujitsu Frontech North America, Inc. - Fujitsu Frontech Limited ties people and IT together through the development, manufacture and sale of front-end technology such as ATMs, operation branch, POS and totalizator terminals, and public display devices.

Fullerton Chamber of Commerce - The Fullerton Chamber of Commerce is dedicated to the economic vitality and prosperity of their members and the community.

Garden Walk Hotel I, LLC - Still under development, the Garden Walk Hotel I, LLC will be located in a prime location between Katella & Disney Way at Clementine and will offer a five star experience.

Girls Incorporated of Orange County - Girls Incorporated of Orange County works with girls ages 4˝ to 18 with proven "girl-focused" programs at their center located in Costa Mesa and at outreach sites established at schools and community centers throughout Orange County, helping girls to succeed.

Haight Brown & Bonesteel LLP - From civil litigation to business transactions, Haight Brown & Bonesteel LLP provides practical and effective resolution advice to the most perplexing disputes.

Hitachi Data Systems - Hitachi Data Systems helps organizations transform raw data into valuable information by making data more accessible and simpler to manage.

Horowitz Management, Inc. - Is a family owned leasing and management group.

Microsoft Store - Microsoft's mission and values are to help people and businesses throughout the world realize their full potential through their passion for technology.

MMFX Technologies Corporation - The Focus of MMFX's core technology is concrete reinforcing steel that has a microstructure fundamentally different from conventional steel; MMFX rebar and smooth rounds are unlike any steel material ever introduced to the marketplace - five times as corrosion-resistant and up to twice as strong as conventional rebar.

San Diego Gas and Electric - SDG&E is a regulated public utility that provides energy service to 3.5 million people through 1.4 million electric meters and 850,000 natural gas meters in San Diego and southern Orange counties.

South Coast Metro Alliance - South Coast Metro offers a comprehensive array of amenities including premier office and residential environments, restaurants, hotels, visual and performing arts venues and unsurpassed shopping.

Walmart - Walmart runs chains of large discount department stores and warehouse stores spanning more than 15 countries with more than 8,500 stores.


To join OCBC, or for more information, contact Vicki Blaser, Director of Accounting and Investor Sales. 


On February 22, 2012, the Workforce Development Committee welcomed Steven Cahn of California Strategies, LLC to discuss Early Education Development and Transitional Kindergarten and how it can benefit the business community. Investing in early education has a positive impact on business and the economy for today and the future, as it increases competition and has a high return on investment.


Investment in early education is also critical to developing the future workforce. In the decades to come, California and Orange County will lead the high-tech, bio-tech and science industries. These industries rely on a workforce that is creative, driven and S.T.E.A.M.-oriented. These qualities begin in early education, as it develops children's "soft skills," such as cooperating, socializing and accepting new responsibilities. It also builds important pre-literacy and early math skills that foster a love for learning. Businesses are increasingly requiring employees excel in these skills. CLICK HERE to read more. For more information contact Alicia Berhow, Director of Workforce and Community Development. 


UCI's Paul Merage School of Businesshealthcare hosted the 21st Annual Health Care Forecast Conference on February 23 and 24. OCBC participated in the discussion surrounding the Affordable Care Act (ACA) and the impending Supreme Court decision on whether or not the insurance mandate is constitutional. A panel including Kim Belshé of the Public Policy Institute of California provided an in depth review of the State of California and the implementation of the Benefit Exchange as 2014 rapidly approaches.


While many states are grappling with whether or not to fully implement the Exchange, panelists did say that these same states are preparing for the legislation to be ready in case the SCOTUS rules that ACA is constitutional. CLICK HERE to read more. For more information contact Alicia Berhow, Director of Workforce and Community Development.


Ralphs is committed to reducing their impact on the environment and improving the lives of their customers, associates, and the communities they serve. Ralphs associates have been working hard to integrate sustainable practices into their everyday business operations and have made great strides reducing water consumption, practicing energy conservation, reducing fuel consumption, and initiating effective recycling programs.


Ralphs has replaced all of their 2,500-plus retail grocery stores with the most energy-efficient lights possible and installed motion sensors in all of them, greatly reducing their energy consumption. CLICK HERE to read more. For more information contact Katherine Reedy, Director of Communications.


Market your business on-the-go by taking advantage of these useful apps:


Foursquare - Promote rewards for frequent patrons of your business, ensure your business listing is available and accurate, and converse with patrons.

Analytics Pro - Knowing your website's traffic and trends at all times will help to maximize your online opportunities.

Yelp - Business owners can interact with their reviewers to generate interest and participation.

Photoshop Express - Access cutting edge photo editing tools to quickly post any picture.

WordPress - Contemporary marketing is synonymous with blogging. Access your audience on-the-go with WordPress.


For more information contact Katherine Reedy, Director of Communications.

Chairman's Leadership Breakfast Featuring James Mazzo - March 7, 2012

CLICK HERE to register. 


Orange County Economic Development Regional Forum - Tuesday, March 20

To RSVP, contact Delaine Moore at 949.794.7220 or 


One Voice, Two Capitols Advocacy Trip to Washington, D.C. - April 23 - 25, 2012

CLICK HERE to register.


One Voice, Two Capitols Advocacy Trip to Sacramento, CA - May 14 - 15, 2012

CLICK HERE to register.


For more information contact Leslie Dods, Events Manager. 

Reception for Mayor Frank Ury - February 28, 2012
Faubel Public Affairs invites you to a fundraising reception for Frank Ury, Mayor of Mission Viejo on Tuesday, February 28, 2012 from 5:30 to 7:00 p.m. at Buffalo Wild Wings, 27741 Crown Valley Parkway #303, Mission Viejo. Individual tickets are $250. CLICK HERE for the registration form. RSVP to 949.290.5136 or

Reception Honoring Senator Mimi Walter- March 1, 2012

Karin Krogius and Scott Mason invite you to a reception for Mimi Walters' re-election to the State Senate, with special guest Senate Republican Leader Bob Huff, at their home, 178 Shorecliff Road, Corona Del Mar. The Reception will be held on March 1 from 5:30 to 7:30 p.m. Individual tickets are $250 and Couple tickets are $400, sponsorship opportunities are available. RSVP by February 28, 2012. For additional information, please contact Keena Thomas Communication 949.455-4600. CLICK HERE for the contribution form. 


Supervisor Pat Bates' Annual St. Patrick's Day Celebration - March 15, 2012 

Join Orange County Supervisor Pat Bates at her annual St. Patrick's Day Celebration, taking place Thursday, March 15 at 6:00 p.m. at Hennessey's Tavern, 34111 La Plaza, Dana Point. CLICK HERE for the contribution form. RSVP to Julie at 951.325.8040 or


These events are listed for informational purposes only. No OCBC endorsement is implied.


Nossaman 2012 Emerging Employment Issues Seminar - March 7, 2012

Please join Nossaman at the Center Club on March 7 for this presentation on cutting-edge employment law issues. State and federal employment laws are constantly developing and evolving so it is essential for human resource professionals and corporate leaders to stay informed. This unique program will provide you with practical solutions, best practices and action items to address emerging employment issues.  For more information contact Monica Bennett at 213.312.8332 or 


Join Girl Scouts 100th Anniversary Celebrations

Girl Scouts are celebrating their 100th anniversary, and have planned a year-long slate of activities that will make 2012 the 'Year of the Girl.' Orange County's 25,000 Girl Scouts will kick off the festivities with their Centennial Cookie Sale, January 29 -March 11. The Girl Scout Cookie Program is the nation's most successful business skills and financial literacy program for girls (watch What Can A Cookie Do), and we hope you will support and encourage the girls when they come knocking at your door or you see them at a neighborhood store. We also invite you to mark your calendars for July 27 when Girl Scouts Rock the OC Fair with hundreds of exciting activities, demonstrations and stage performances. See you at the fair! For more information contact Linda Hartney-Purdy  at     


Youth Orchestra Performance, "Dvořák and America" - March 4, 2012 (Remember the Arts in S.T.E.A.M.!) 

Last spring, Pacific Symphony was awarded a prestigious grant from the National Endowment for the Humanities to enhance concert activities with humanities linked content and ancillary events. The first of such events will take place March 4, 2012 at the Renee and Henry Segerstrom Concert Hall. Join Pacific Symphony Youth Orchestra (PSYO) on a journey beyond the score of Dvorák's Symphony No. 9 "From the New World" and into the life and mind of the composer. CLICK HERE for tickets and more information.  


Consuls General Panel at World Affairs Council of OC Dinner Event - March 8, 2012 

The World Affairs Council of Orange County is hosting a dinner and Panel Discussion with The Honorable Wolfgang Drautz, Consul General of Germany in LA; The Honorable Elisabeth Fotiadou, Consul General of Greece in LA; The Honorable David Martinon, Consul General of France in LA; The Honorable Giuseppe Perrone, and Consul General of Italy in LA on Thursday, March 8, 2012 at the Westin South Coast Plaza Hotel.  Join the World Affairs Council for an in-depth discussion with perhaps the four most critical European Nations addressing the economic crisis gripping the EU with possible solutions to ensure its survival.President and CEO of Allergan David Pyott will be the special guest moderator. To RSVP, call 949-253-5751 or email


From Harm's Way to Civilian Employment - March 14 & 15, 2012

Presented by Professional in Human Resource Association and Pepperdine University, this event's expert panel will help employers navigate the issues they must address in hiring and assimilating returning military into the civilian workforce. Learn how the Uniformed Services Employment and Reemployment Rights Act applies in 2012 and beyond, new areas of disability coverage by the ADA effective Jan. 1, 2012, insurance and health care reform implications for employers and veterans, and more. CLICK HERE to register and for more information.  


Aligning Social Sustainability - March 20, 2012

Bentley Prince Street is hosting a fundraiser and world premier of the short documentary film, "ANEW doing what's right with what's left." Learn how to make a difference and strengthen your community by giving back and diverting from landfill. The event will be held from 5:00 - 8:00 p.m. on March 20 at the Orange County Museum of Art, 850 San Clemente Drive, Newport Beach. Enjoy an evening of sustainability and cinema, music, local food, and organic spirits. Space is limited, RSVP by March 13. To RSVP or for more information email or call 800.423.4709.


Ukleja Center for Ethical Leadership to Feature USC's Pat Haden at Ethics Seminar - March 29, 2012

Got ethics?  The Ukleja Center for Ethical Leadership and Long Beach Area Chamber of Commerce are partnering to offer Leading the Ethical Organization, a half-day ethics seminar for business leaders.  The event will be held from 7:30-11:00 a.m. on March 29 at the Hyatt Regency Long Beach.  The breakfast seminar will feature a keynote address from Pat Haden, USC Director of Athletics, a panel of business leaders discussing ethics in the workplace, and presentation of the Ukleja Center's 2012 John Wooden Ethics in Leadership Award to Pat Haden.  CLICK HERE for more information and to register. 


CSUF Community Literacy Festival - April 21, 2012

Join CSUF at the Community Literacy Festival on April 21, featuring activities for all ages. Adults: Learn how to use social media the grow your business, or learn how to boost your caeer through better workplace writing. Enjoy free books, gourmet food trucks, and literacy-related vendors. Parking and admission are free. The festival will take place at the CSU Fullerton - Irvine Campus, 3 Banting, Irvine, CA 92618. For more information visit or call 714.730.6300. 


Real Estate & Building Industry Mixer - May 3, 2012

The Real Estate & Building Industry Mixer, hosted by Orange County United Way, brings together hundreds of CEOs, real estate, building industry, and banking leaders to raise funds for Orange County United Way's Community Impact Fund, which invests in the Building Blocks for a self-sufficient life: Education, Income, and Health. This donor circle consists of leaders in the community who represent the "sticks and bricks" who help build self-sufficient lives in OUR community. The event will take place May 3rd at the Balboa Bay Club & Resort. To register, visit

2012 OC Green Fair - May 17, 2012  

Promote and build your brand as a sponsor or exhibitor at the 2012 OC Green Fair, taking place May 17 in Santa Ana. More than 3,000 attendees are expected to take part in this free event, which is open to the public and will feature green products and services, doors prizes, delicious food and networking opportunities. The OC Green Fair raises awareness regarding environmental concerns and shows consumers how to reduce their impact on the earth by selecting sustainable, eco-friendly products and services, reducing energy consumption, conserving water, and limiting dependence on fossil fuels. To register as an exhibitor at the event or learn more about sponsorship opportunities, please complete the registration form at by Monday, April 2.

OCMoves Steering Committee Meeting
Friday, March 2, 2012  I  11:30 a.m. - 1:30 p.m.

Latino Educational Attainment Committee Meeting

Thursday, March 8, 2012  I  9:00 a.m. - 10:30 a.m.

Government Affairs Committee Meeting

Friday, March 9, 2012  I  9:30 a.m. - 11:00 a.m.

Infrastructure Committee Meeting

Tuesday, March 13, 2012  I  7:30 a.m. - 9:00 a.m.

Workforce Development Committee Meeting
Wednesday, March 21, 2012  I  7:30 a.m. - 9:00 a.m.

Community College Working Group

Thursday, March 29, 2012  I  3:00 p.m. - 4:30 p.m.

Committee meetings are open to OCBC members and invited guests only.
 All committee meetings are held at the OCBC offices unless otherwise specified. For more information on upcoming committee meetings for 2011 check out OCBC's Committees. For more information, contact Leslie Dods at (949) 794-7241 or

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